The importance of verifying specific destination venue requirements before shipping your horse cannot be overstated. Venues may change requirements (for equine health certificates, Coggins tests, even specific vaccinations) at any time, according to current equine health risks. Don’t rely on prize list information; it’s a better idea to call before you leave home to be sure your horse won’t get held up or turned away at the gate.
Although it may be a minor inconvenience to deal with more stringent requirements, it is in the equine community’s best interest to do so. Keeping close tabs on equine health at public events is the best defense against serious outbreaks of disease.